“An environment that if not hostile to organized religion, is not exactly friendly to it”

In the 50 years since it was built, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, perched on the redwood slopes of Mount Tamalpais has become an iconic feature of Mill Valley’s small-town landscape. Catholic San Francisco visited the parish on May 31 to talk about the anniversary of the church built in 1968 … [Read More...]

Sex, war, porn and LGBT issues

Sexuality, death, corruption, drug-trafficking, porn, video-games, migration, war, friendship and disabilities are only some of the issues that bishops from all over the world are planning to discuss in a summit in Rome this October, which will focus on youth, their faith and vocation. “Young … [Read More...]

US cardinal removed after credible allegations he abused a minor

A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., "is no longer to exercise publicly his … [Read More...]

What went wrong?

I recently received a letter from a young Catholic husband and father in which he observed: “Peers of mine who are converts or reverts have specifically cited teachings like ‘Humanae Vitae,’ ‘Familiaris Consortio,’ and ‘Veritatis Splendor’ as beacons that set the church apart from the world and … [Read More...]

“Un-American, un-Christian and inhumane”

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s “Message on Separated Families”:

 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are hundreds of miles from the border, yet what has happened along the US-Mexico border over the past few weeks has a direct impact on many of our own people. Images of crying children, … [Read More...]

Appeals court reinstates California euthanasia law

A California appeals court on Friday reinstated a law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives. The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal allows the controversial law known as the End of Life Option Act to remain in effect, giving patients who have less than six months to live … [Read More...]

$190 billion budget awaits action by governor

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely … [Read More...]

“In this atmosphere it’s much easier to hear God’s call”

Statistics suggest that faith-based homeschooling has a crucial role in producing vocations. Data from a 2017 survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara) at Georgetown University shows that nearly one in 10 young men in formation for the priesthood in the US were homeschooled. … [Read More...]

Critics plan rival conference to World Meeting of Families

Critics of the Vatican-backed World Meeting of Families have announced a parallel conference to be held at the same time. The World Meeting of Families is set to be held in Dublin in August, and the alternative series, the Conference of Catholic Families, will be held in nearby … [Read More...]

Pope Francis says abortion reflects a Nazi mentality

In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality. “I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first … [Read More...]

Ex-gays and ex-trans rally against California’s LGBT therapy ban

In an amazing show of force, 30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy and printed resources helping those who seek freedom from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles.   Known as AB2943, the California Assembly Bill … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. Mary’s Basilica Address 231 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone number 602-354-2100 Website www.saintmarysbasilica.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m. Monday – Friday, 12:05 p.m. Confessions Fridays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; … [Read More...]

“The good news is the AMA did not change their position”

The American Medical Association voted this week to return to committee a report recommending continued opposition to physician assisted suicide - a move that commentators have called a missed opportunity to stand up for the value of human life. “For more than two decades the nation’s most … [Read More...]

Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops … [Read More...]